Parents fined

THE parents or carers of three pupils at Thomas Clarkson Community College in Wisbech have been convicted of failing to ensure their children attended school.

The prosecutions were all brought by Cambridgeshire County Council and heard at King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court.

One mother pleaded guilty and was fined £65 and ordered to pay £40 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Another parent admitted a similar charge and was given a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £50 costs. She was told to continue working with the Education Welfare Officers and social services to ensure her child attended school.

The father of the same child failed to attend court, but magistrates found him guilty and fined him £300 with £150 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

A fourth parent also pleaded guilty and was fined £235 with £150 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. None of the pupils or their parents can be named for legal reasons.

Three further prosecutions – all relating to non-attendance at Thomas Clarkson Community College - are due to be heard at the same court on January 5.

Thomas Clarkson Principal Maureen Strudwick said: “I am delighted with the firm stance taken by the court. This sends out a very clear message that it is unacceptable for a child to miss school without good reason. They miss out on vital learning at a particularly important stage of their lives.”